MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL RESIDENTS MEETING 18th MAY 2021

BAINBRIDGE PARISH COUNCIL
DRAFT MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL RESIDENTS MEETING
OF THE PARISH OF BAINBRIDGE HELD AT BAINBRIDGE VILLAGE HALL
ON TUESDAY 18th MAY 2021
The meeting took place within the Covid-19 guidance issued by Government and following
completion of a risk assessment.
Present:
Cllr James Peacock (Chair) Cllr Thomas Tennant
Cllr Darren Peacock Cllr Brian Brown
Cllr Derek Kettlewell Karen Prudden (Clerk)
Mr D Ballinger (Resident) Mr J Parfitt (Resident)
Mrs S Parfit (Resident)
Consideration of Apologies for Absence
Cllr Yvonne Peacock offered her apologies for not attending due to a prior engagement.
1. Minutes of the Last Residents Meeting
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, there had not been a Residents Meeting held in 2019. However,
the Minutes of the meeting held on 7th May 2019 had been circulated to councillors. It was
proposed by Cllr Brown and seconded by Cllr Tennant that these be confirmed as an accurate
record of the meeting.
2. Matters Arising from the Minutes and Other Issues of Concern to Residents
There were no matters arising from the Minutes and no residents present offered any concerns
for discussion. Mr Ballinger reported that he had been informed that the new lease for the
Turner Seat was being prepared and the peppercorn rent would be paid upon completion.
3. Chairman’s Review of the Year
The Chairman presented his review of the year 2020/21 which had been a challenging year due
to the Covid-19 pandemic. It had not been possible to meet during the first lockdown, but when
restrictions were eased, the Parish Council had resumed meetings in the Village Hall. During
the latest lockdown, however, it had become necessary to revert to holding a ‘virtual’ meeting
using ‘Zoom’ and although not everyone had found this possible, or easy, it had been relatively
effective.
During the year, Bainbridge village green had been mowed by Cllr Brian Brown, aided by Paul
and Matthew Metcalfe. A new committee had been formed (the Bainbridge Christmas Lights
Committee) which had received grants from local organisations to assist with the purchase of
Christmas lights to decorate the village over the festive season. These had been extremely well
received by the community and the lights proved a great boost to residents and visitors after
such a difficult year, with many residents choosing to join in and light their own properties. The
lights have now been removed to prevent damage but fundraising is ongoing to increase the
number of lights for the forthcoming festive season.
During the year, several of the benches in Bainbridge had been repaired and maintained by local
residents. Thanks were expressed to Bob Hall, Roxy Cloughton and ‘Pud’ Iveson for their efforts
in this area which were much appreciated. A new bench had been donated to the village and
sited at the top of the green, opposite the pub.
It was pleasing to note that the play area continues to be well used, by residents and visitors
alike, although there is a constant battle with maintenance issues. New posts have been
purchased, treated and painted to be placed around the area in the near future, replacing the
very worn and damaged posts currently in place.
After a challenging year, it was good to note that the village was looking good and our
communities had ridden the storm well. The hope was expressed that this next year would be
much better and although there was not going to be a Beamish Car Rally lunch stop this year, it
is hoped that it may be possible to hold the annual ‘Bainbridge Bash’ and maybe the Bainbridge
Motorfest too.
The Chairman expressed his thanks to the Clerk for her efforts over the past year.
4. Date of Next Meeting
The next Annual Residents’ Meeting will be due to be held in May 2022 – date to be set nearer
the time.
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